This morning while reading Robert Johnson’s Lying with the Heavenly Woman: Understanding and Integrating the Feminine Archetypes in Men’s Lives, for my dissertation, I chanced upon this passage:
Many men in our culture are permanently stuck in this contamination, and they are constantly fighting a mother. What a variety of forms there are! A man’s own mother only begins the long list. The poor waitress in the restaurant who elicits a man’s rage because she brought the wrong order, the woman office manager, the woman traffic officer, the Republican Party, and the mother in a thousand other disguises incur the wrath of the man who has not made this differentiation between the inner complex and the outer form.
It is interesting that he included the Republican Party on the individuals or institutions who elicit certain men’s rage. Must be that a lot of this psychologist’s clients vent against the GOP. (I’m sure that some extreme social conservatives with similar psychoses frequently mention “homosexuals”.)
It just all goes to my point about the psychological basis of such animosity. It’s not the object so much that they hate, but the demon they’re trying to exorcize.